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Centennial Art Center’s new exhibit explores the worlds of calligraphy, canvas and clay

1/21/2019

sailboat, calligraphy by Lisa Webb

The Nashville Calligraphers Guild (NCG) returns to Centennial Art Center with beautifully crafted calligraphy and artwork. In addition to NCG’s world of words, the exhibit displays playful, poetic paintings by Aaron Grayum and graceful clay sculptures by renowned ceramic artist Nancy Jacobsohn, making this an exhibit that gallery visitors won’t want to miss.

The exhibit opens with a reception on Friday, February 8 from 5 p.m.–7:30 p.m. in the gallery at Centennial Art Center. The exhibit will be on display February 8 through March 28, 2019.

As Nashville Calligraphers Guild celebrates its 38th year, the organization is pleased to showcase the varied works of many of its talented members at Centennial Art Center. Words by themselves are powerful; adding color, lettering style and artistic flair to words allows these calligraphers create artwork that is both dramatic and beautiful.

Irish Blessing, calligraphy by Carole Savage

From simple beginnings around a kitchen table, the Nashville Calligraphers Guild has become a vibrant group promoting the art of calligraphy in the Middle Tennessee area and beyond. Classes are offered featuring world renowned calligraphers and meetings offer programs of interest to beginners and professionals alike. The Nashville Calligrapher’s Guild welcomes and encourages anyone interested in the art of calligraphy to join us as we move beyond black on white paper. For more information, please visit nashvillecalligraphersguild.org.

Wolf Woman, ceramic sculpture by Nancy Jacobsohn

Accompanying Nashville Calligraphers Guild’s collection are Nancy Jacobsohn’s beautifully crafted sculptures of horses and women. Nancy uses a lot of personal symbolism in her work. Her horses often represent life’s journey or herself and display the power and beauty embodied in horses. Nancy believes that horses' spirits are never truly conquered by their caretakers. She says, “They have a secret life that they do not share with us. In like manner, as women, there is a secret self that the circumstances of our life can never take from us.” These self-portraits and portraits of women in general give us a glimpse into some of these secrets.

Nancy loves working with clay because it is so direct, there are few tools to get in the way of the creative process. She likes that sculpture is three dimensional with every change of angle representing a new opportunity for expression. She wants to touch the people who interact with her work in in a way that resonates with them in their own life. For more information, please visit The Clay Horse.

Stars, painting by Aaron Grayum

Rounding out the exhibit are the delightful, poetic paintings of Aaron Grayum. Using images that are both playful and memorable – like birds, umbrellas, and jelly bean trees – his art speaks a language familiar to both children and adults. Words and poetry are integral to many of his paintings. Aaron likes to explore the tension between the playful innocence of childhood and the vulnerable truths of adults in a world that doesn’t always understand. For more information, please visit Aaron Grayum.

As gallery visitors explore these worlds of calligraphy, canvas and clay, the artists hope that visitors will experience a connection to their own world.As gallery visitors explore these worlds of calligraphy, canvas and clay, the artists hope that visitors will experience a connection to their own world.

Centennial Art Center is a visual arts community center located in the northeast corner of Nashville’s Centennial Park.

Centennial Art Center Gallery is free and open to the public. The exhibit is open February 8–March 28, 2019. Gallery hours are Monday–Thursday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information, call Centennial Art Center at 615-862-8442, visit online: nashville.gov/cac or find them on facebook.